DID YOU KNOW...
IF YOU SUFFER AN ON THE JOB INJURY YOU ARE ENTITLED TO CERTAIN BENEFITS UNDER THE LONGSHORE & HARBOR WORKERS COMPENSATION
There is a difference between a claim for Worker's Compensation Benefits under the Longshore Act and a lawsuit against other responsible parties (sometimes called a "Third-Party" lawsuit)
There are important time limits for you to do certain things after your injury (such as file a claim or lawsuit) which vary in length according to which law you are making a claim or a lawsuit under;
Under the Longshore Act, you are allowed to choose your own treating doctor (but you are only allowed ONE choice and if you allow yourself to be treated by the "Company" doctor you may be stuck with this doctor as your treating doctor);
The settlement value of your case under the Longshore Act is determined differently depending on which part of your body is injured.
YOUR INJURY MAY FALL UNDER MORE THAN ONE LAW
If you are injured on the job as a longshore person or harbor worker you are entitled to certain benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. In addition, you may be covered by other laws such as the Labor Code of the State of California and you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against other persons or companies if the actions (or inactons) of those persons or companies caused or contributed to your accident and injury. Many people do not know that a claim for worker's compensation benefits under the Longshore Act is not a lawsuit. Instead , it is simply a claim for certain benefits which your employer (or its Worker's Compensation Insurance Company) are REQUIRED to give you under the Longshore Act.